Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities

Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities are financial instruments consisting of residential mortgages pooled together to form larger more complex financial commodities.
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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

Bank of America Settles RMBS Securities Claims for US$9.3 Billion

On March 26, Bank of America and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced a settlement of FHFA’s RMBS-related suits against the Bank. The Bank has agreed to pay...more

Rating Agency Developments - April 09, 2014

On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework. On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to assessing incremental risk posed by ability to repay rules in US RMBS....more

FHFA Resolves Additional RMBS Suits

Recently, the FHFA announced the resolution of several lawsuits it filed against private label securities issuers. In 2011, the FHFA sued 18 financial institutions alleging federal securities law violations, and in some cases...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services - On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of...more

New York Appellate Court Denies Motion for Reargument of ACE Ruling

On March 20, the Appellate Division, First Department denied an RMBS trustee’s motion for reargument of or, alternatively, leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court) from the First Department’s...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 27, 2014

On March 19, S&P released its methodology for rating CDOs of project finance debt. On March 17, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing RMBS under the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage rules....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 24, 2014

FINRA Proposes Lighter Regulatory Regime For Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a Regulatory Notice requesting comment on a Proposed Rule Set for...more

Société Générale Agrees to $122M Settlement in RMBS Suit

On February 27, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it reached a settlement with French bank Société Générale of an RMBS suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York....more

JPMorgan Settles RMBS Litigation Brought by Syncora

On February 24, monoline insurer Syncora Guarantee, Inc. announced that it had reached a settlement of RMBS litigation against JP Morgan Chase for an undisclosed sum. Syncora had alleged that J.P. Morgan and its affiliates...more

Morgan Stanley to Settle RMBS Securities Claims by the SEC for $275 Million

On February 25, Morgan Stanley disclosed that it had reached an agreement in principle with the SEC staff to pay $275 million in disgorgement and penalties in settlement of an investigation into subprime RMBS sponsored and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Bank of America Foreign Exchange and Mortgage Practices Under Investigation

On Tuesday, Bank of America disclosed in its annual report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that “government regulators” in North America, Europe and Asia are investigating its foreign exchange and...more

Royal Bank of Scotland Reaches Settlement in Class Action

On February 14, the Royal Bank of Scotland and a plaintiff class, led by New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund and the Boilermaker Blacksmith Pension trust, reported to the court that the parties had reached a settlement in...more

Homeward Residential’s RMBS Claims Against Sand Canyon Dismissed in Part

On February 14, Judge Analisa Torres of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part defendant Sand Canyon Corporation’s motion to dismiss the amended complaint of plaintiff Homeward...more

Court Denies BofA’s Motion to Reconsider Use of FHFA Documents Produced in Other RMBS Litigation

On February 14, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Bank of America’s request to reconsider the court’s earlier order disallowing use of documents produced by...more

Nonprofit Seeks to Enjoin DOJ Settlement with JP Morgan

On February 10, non-profit corporation Better Markets, Inc., filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the...more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 26, 2014

On February 14, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. commercial mortgage servicers. On February 13, Fitch released its criteria for rating RMBS in Latin America. On February 11, Moody’s released its criteria for rating...more

Financial Reform Group Files Suit Challenging Largest DOJ RMBS Settlement

On February 10, Better Markets, a public interest non-profit organization, announced the filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a November 2012 settlement obtained by the DOJ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 18, 2014

CFTC and EC Statement on Regulatory Framework - On February 12, the CFTC and the European Commission announced jointly that the two agencies have made significant progress in their collaboration on the regulatory...more

Bank of America’s US$8.5 Billion RMBS Settlement Approved

On January 31, Justice Barbara R. Kapnick of the Supreme Court of New York for New York County approved, with one exception, an US$8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America and a group of RMBS investors. The Bank of New...more

Morgan Stanley and FHFA Reach RMBS Settlement

On February 4, Morgan Stanley disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has agreed, in principle, to a settlement for US$1.25 billion with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to resolve claims pending in the United States...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 10, 2014

No-Action Letter Provides Relief to M&A Brokers - On January 31, in a significant no-action letter (Letter), the Staff of the Division of Trading and Markets provided assurances that it would not recommend enforcement...more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 04, 2014

On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating structured finance servicers of various products, including RMBS, CMBS and ABS. On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating operational risk of U.S. servicers of...more

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